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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tony West
Transocean Deepwater Inc. agreed Thursday in federal court to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for its conduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster, which killed 11 workers and released nearly 5 billion barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
President Obama may have placed some limits on lobbyists serving in the White House, but he has had no problem continuing the timeworn Washington practice of doling out coveted diplomatic posts to big-money backers.
As the march to the November elections heats up, voters can expect to find fewer and fewer issues that unite Democrats and Republicans.
The Justice Department has expanded its ongoing effort to uncover the mortgage fraud and abuse that helped precipitate the 2008 financial crisis, offering "substantial financial help" to corporate insiders willing to serve as whistleblowers.
With the next round of Guantanamo military commission pretrial hearings for alleged USS Cole bombing ringleader Abd Al Rahim al-Nashiri scheduled through Friday, now is a good time to ask why Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is still involved extensively in a presumably military function.
Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown says he won't be pressured by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's son to stop running a radio ad claiming the elder Kennedy's position is similar to Mr. Brown's in the fight over whether religious employers should have to provide birth-control coverage.
A Maryland-based health care company accused of defrauding Medicaid and other federal programs will pay $150 million in a settlement announced Monday.
Mary L. Smith would have been the top enforcer of the nation's tax laws, the highest Justice Department position ever attained by an American Indian.
The Obama administration's attempt to have it both ways with homosexuals in the military has failed, at least for the moment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday stayed a reckless lower court order that attempted to overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military.
West says no one expects the work to be easy, but it is an investment in children and the future of sovereign tribal nations.
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West said the settlement will aid the Gulf region's recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and requires Transocean to take important steps to help guard against such incidents happening in the future.